Back to School: Adapting education to new realities

Back to School: Adapting education to new realities

[Music] on today’s world inside back to school and almost normal for students in china with public safety measures in place how is education adapting to today’s global realities and different perspectives various voices after the uss full exit from afghanistan hear from the taliban spokesman the afghan resistance the humanitarian effort the top chinese diplomat in kabul and chinese military [Music] here’s our host tien wei hello and welcome to world inside i’m tian wayne today is the first day of september this means a new semester is starting for most schools in the world here in china as well with the pandemic largely under control and precautions in place kids can take classes in person and socialize with their peers with masks on the situation varies in other countries as the new coronavirus variants cause new outbreaks how can education adapt to today’s realities and how can people come together in overcoming difficulties to help children thrive both academically and socially meanwhile china has been having some recent new policies toward education and children’s entertainment what would that mean for the overall school life that’s lupin our panelists the new semester begins on that we have a wang yen associates research fellow from beijing foreign studies university wong shu vice principal at xinhua international school bao shang lake and david moser so i want to congratulate all of you on the new semester how you are doing so far yesterday we opened the school and also yesterday was the first day and we welcome students back they’re excited we are thrilled actually after a break of summer holiday and students and teachers are charged and get ready for the new semester although this would be a semester uh slightly different from before going 19 but there are many new things to be expected what about for you david so far so good uh we’re all doing classes in the classroom so that’s a good thing well of course we are looking at a new semester with a very different lens right um just earlier a few weeks earlier china was experiencing the challenges of the delta variant it seems that things are calming down and schools can be opened and students are coming back but this is a a very different way you know house how students would appreciate the school life isn’t it david yes indeed i was teaching both foreign students and chinese students last semester and uh it was very hard on them to be stuck on campus and not be able to get out in this great city of beijing that was almost torture for them especially since some of them actually live in beijing so yeah so this is a much better semester i think partially because even if there is a breakout suddenly everyone knows what to do there’s no uncertainty and there’s a lot of optimism that they can avoid that in fact we have a kind of you know very strict thing you know policies for the students who are coming back and also we have a very special stand in front of the gate and we’ll we’ll check the students um new click you know detection ac detection and also the report and also the house key and so on um the students are from you know most often from beijing locally and also we have international you know stuff from different parts of china and even some from overseas so they also parse the you know parenting things and they’re pretty cool and it’s like we have all the stuff ready for the new start of the beginning of the uh new semester uh what about for you uh miss wang when actually the results from the korean 19s students get to appreciate more than before they come to life and when they come back to the campus and to be together with their peer students the professors and teachers they can value more about this great learning experience on a beautiful campus and second is similar to the schools now our universities or higher education institutions also observe very strict health protocols like the temperature check as the gate and then the fiscal distance amount of students and faculties at on campus and also wearing masks etc and also i believe that uh because now uh there will be uh more courses offered online this actually is kind of extension of the educational learning opportunities for students partly uh for the uh for the pandemic prevention purposes partly is the kind of educational advancement well that certainly is one part of the new semester isn’t it people appreciate much more about an environment in which they can you know interact and work with their peers the other thing really is about the latest regulation changes in china one after another about education not only online extracurricular education but also you know exams to the students that are seven or six years old no written exams what would that mean um long sure maybe i go to you since your students are having a very different age group so tell me more about that oh yeah it’s like um for us and yeah from the k212 you know education you know schools definitely we have this kind of policy and also we really want to implement as the uh the government you know education bureau to ask us to do and we will have the extra extra curricular activities after school so students will stay in the campus and we offer all kinds of resources and also courses for them to do and yeah it’s brand new um but you know we have done these similar things before because like our school is more like an international education institution um so students can really explore different disciplinaries and also different fields that they have interested in so the parents probably have their own concern but i think they can find another way to solve solve this kind of problem probably some parents still have the you know traditional philosophy of education and in the parts that they believe a lot of you know demanding curriculum and also the um extern you know uh workload like after school and also homework and they are already kind of used to it as so they probably will say hey they need this kind of test prep or some other academic agreement things um to make their students to work harder in order to achieve high you know level things um so yeah probably they are already used to it so far they found okay that is their come from june probably they have to change a little bit interesting david i’m sure you’ve heard about the new regulations about the six or seven years older not having written exams anymore and there are you know banning up the extra curriculum activities outside the usual school hours you know how do you see these kind of regulations i’ve been here for almost 30 years and one of the biggest complaints i hear about the education system is that is that there’s too much of a workload on the students especially the high school that prepare for the gaucho for the college entrance exam uh and i’ve i’ve seen the rise of these cram schools they call them or these extracurriculars that the parents push on the kids there’s been talk for a long time by educational experts educational psychologists who tell us that kids need time for themselves to learn to play to relax to to exercise their bodies and so on and i think this is probably a long overdue reform and it also keeps parents from doing something that i think china doesn’t want them to do which to step outside of the chinese education system and to go overseas or or adopt some alternative form of education so this will at least help keep keep more people within the system and the best and brightest students will stay there but miss one do you think these kind of regulations would really change the nature of chinese education which has been there you know for decades if not a few hundred years the way it’s done well my answer would be uh yes definitely but similar to all the educational form in the world i mean successful ones it will be an incremental or gradual process so through this policy the first or as they the teachers they they have to change their way of teaching and to apply more analytical uh and the diagnostic functions of the homework instead of just the drills or raw learning uh in the in in developing the students assignments and also more analysis will be uh integrated into the overall teaching processes and then to students uh well i think they will definitely uh help them to change their uh methods or approach the learning rather instead of just a memorization yeah and they have now they have uh more time and more room to explore the well explore their other knowledge and skills you know miss wang mr moser you guys could argue wow the students need more time for themselves they don’t have to go through these written exams so early in their age but mr wong sure actually have to handle those issues because he’s bringing students at least to apply for schools overseas and some of his peers actually are teaching students that are have that have to go through the college entrance examination so so mr wong tell me more about what you’re thinking right now i found it’s an interesting you know policy here and i i should say um some students probably believe it’s kind of one way for them to get to you know um tap to do the test prep and also working for the test only for the gaucho without doing any other extracurriculars that they can change their future they can make a difference to themselves so they still keep doing that but i think it probably seems like you know moved forward and moved earlier uh to like interest examination to uh high school so because like you can see um we also have another kind of policy that is someone just maybe rumored maybe some know the exact number that is 50 50 which means the 50 of students will go to like in vocational training um schools and after their middle school study of the manager education and then they will go to the higher uk high school in order to go to the top university and on colleges and so on so the students and the parents they probably want to have you know make a choice that whether they feel kind of which way is better for the students you know development and the future what you’re talking about of course is still not decided but it’s going to be a dramatic change about the direction of education david how do you see these all these possibilities well china’s education system has has for the past couple decades been quite dynamic um and we’ve watched this this happen uh it’s it’s opened up new forms of education it’s opened up uh obviously more foreign styles and modes of education uh for for all levels including colleges um so i i think there’s still this is a moment of experimentation and i think that if there’s a good side to the covet 19 epidemic it’s hard to imagine that there might be something good that could come from it but this might be something good which is the covet 19 epidemic has forced us to rethink some of our educational structures and to and to discover that in fact big changes can be made um at any point and uh now’s the time to to try something new because obviously there is a new normal that we’re operating under now how to make these changes going forward that’s the key isn’t it and the other thing that many have been talking about is that the band of computer games beyond the three hours for every kid that of course is a regulation so how are you taking that as part of the changes that we are seeing in educational system mr wong well i i think it’s a totally aligned with what we have discussed formerly that is you know if you have a lot of extracurricular activities like out of the classroom they have the field trips and other things they’re really interested in like playing football basketball all kinds of sports and so on they don’t have to you know totally obsessed with in you know computer games or some video games and also the mobile phone things so i think it’s good and also students probably should know online resources are very uh helpful but they shouldn’t make a kind of clear picture about what is good what is not good that is also help them to develop a little bit yeah i think this is a move towards a more inclusive and quality education the first is actually this uh educational forum is part of a larger equity oriented policy reform in china the first is by banning the for-profit tutoring companies and also to extend the on-campus services to current services to students that all the students will have more equal opportunities for tutoring services and even when they want to use those the off-campus tutoring services they could get them at a more moderate price because all those token companies are is going to be converted to non-profit organizations david moser wang xu and huang yen thank you so much for joining us
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